Point Scholar 2006 – 2008
Ben Singer, a Behavioral Science Training (BST) fellow, is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University where he is completing an interdisciplinary ethnographic dissertation “On the medical margins: Transgender risk reduction in public health.” While pursuing his doctorate he has consulted in the public health sector, specializing in training to reduce health disparities by improving access to culturally competent care. He has worked with the CDC, HRSA, Philadelphia Department of Health, AIDS Activities Coordinating Office and other national and local health and human service organizations. He has applied his knowledge to the successful design and implementation of government-funded projects. For example, during the fieldwork stage of his dissertation he co-founded the Trans-health Information Project (TIP), a program of Prevention Point Philadelphia and the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative, with funding by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2002-2004 he served as director, contributing to program design, authoring curricula, managing staff, overseeing utilization of direct services, and presenting consumer-based health information workshops, as well as technically assisting other local social service agencies.
In addition to presenting on transgender issues to government and community-based organizations across the country, Ben taught “Transgender Queries in Medicine, Law, Politics and Culture” at Barnard College in New York City. He has published on topics related to his dissertation, including: “From the medical gaze to sublime mutations: The Ethics of (Re) viewing Non-normative Body Images,” in The Transgender Studies Reader; authored a public health curriculum: “HIV Risk, Hormones and Safer Injection Techniques;” and co-authored: “A Needs Assessment of Transgendered People of Color Living in Washington DC,” in the International Journal of Transgenderism.